2 more civilians killed in JK ceasefire violation

BSF constable Sita Ram Upadhyay who was killed in Pakistani fire on Friday morning. Upadhyay had joined the force in 2011

In January earlier this year, residents of RS Pura Sector were forced to leave their homes in the wake of the cease-fire arrangement being repeatedly violated by Pakistan. A BSF jawan was killed in the unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan Rangers who opened fire to provide cover to militants.

A BSF Jawan was martyred in the firing by Pakistan's Rangers in Samba sector on Monday night foiling an infiltration bid by terrorists from across the border while a BSF Jawan and two civilians were injured in Pakistan's shelling in Samba and Hiranagar sectors on Thursday.

Four civilians were also injured in the overnight firing, which included mortars being hurled at villages in the border area and prompted India to retaliate. He hailed from Giridih, Jharkhand.

The official added that in RS Pura sector of the IB in Jammu, unprovoked shelling of mortars and heavy fire from the Pakistani side started at about 4 am which was being "suitably countered" by the BSF units.

On May 15, a 28-year-old BSF officer was killed as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by opening fire on forward posts to help infiltrators cross the worldwide border in Samba sector.

The incidents of firing and attempts to break into the IB have increased in the last few days and took place ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scheduled visit to a farm university in RSPura on Saturday. Upadhyay leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son.

The wife of the late jawan said, "India asked security forces not to launch operations during Ramzan; but my husband was killed in firing by Pakistan".

The incident reportedly happened in the early hours of Tuesday when Pakistani forces began unprovoked firing from across the LoC in the Samba sector.

Schools within the 3-km radius of the worldwide border, which often come under the cross-border firing, have been declared closed by the state administration.

A statement issued by the group said: "Operation Halt is a cruel joke with the freedom-loving people of Kashmir engaged in a legitimate movement for right to self-determination".

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